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CSPAN
Mar 21, 2013 1:00am EDT
killed since protests against syrian president assad. robert frod testified at a robert ford testified at a hearing. this is two hours and 15 minutes. >> this hearing will come to order. we need to review the syrian crisis. it was two years ago last week on the nightly news that we saw those protesters walking through the street, chanting, peaceful. what the world saw next without the syrian forces opened up with small arms fire on the marchers. over the ensuing weeks, that was followed by materially -- artillery barrage is and tanks and aerial apartment and finally i scud missiles into cities. we are now two years into that syria and uprising. for two leady years, u.s. policy has been a drift. the obama administration saw assad as a reformer in the works. then it bet on moscow to play a constructive role. this is the assad who is bombing villages in syria. this is the assad who is ordering teenagers tortured. frankly, he is engaged in murdering his populist. the ancient city is now in ruins. 70,000 syrians are dead. a million refugees has spilled into neighboring countries. destabilizing
CSPAN
Mar 20, 2013 8:00pm EDT
assad regime has lost credibility and legitimacy. i believe he will go. theave helped to mobilize isolation of the assad regime internationally. we have supported and recognized opposition. we have provided hundreds of millions of dollars in support for humanitarian aid. withve worked diligently other countries in the region to provide additional tools that move toward a political transition within syria. if your suggestion is that i have not acted unilaterally militarily inside of syria, would be response that to the extent possible, i want to make sure we are working as an international community to deal with this problem. it is a world problem and not a united states problem or an israel problem or a turkish problem. it is a world problem when tens of thousands of people are being slaughtered, including women and children. in anl continue to work international framework to try to bring about the kind of things that are necessary in syria. secretary kerry has been working in his current position to try to help mobilize and organize our overall efforts. everyl continue to push le
PBS
Mar 21, 2013 12:00am PDT
. >> rose: the syrian conflict reached new levels this week. the assad regime and the syrian opposition groups accused of each other of using chemical weapons. the allegations were made only hours before president obama's departure to israel yesterday. the white house has yet to verify the claims but lawmakers are increasingly calling for action. here's what president obama said earlier today in a joint press conference with israeli prime minister netanyahu. >> with respect to chemical weapons, we intend to investigate thoroughly exactly what happened. obviously, in syria right now, you've got a war zone. you have information that's filtered out. but we have to make sure that we know exactly what happened, what was nature of the incident, what can we document, what can we prove. i've instructed me teams to work closely with all other countries in the region, and international organizations, and institutions to find out precisely whether or not this red line was crossed. i will note without at this point having all the facts before me, that we know the syrian government has th
PBS
Mar 20, 2013 11:00pm PDT
committee. >> you have this-- this horrible possibility that if assad falls and there is a huge vacuum and cass on ensues, that you have hezbollah there, you have al qaeda, you have some hamas elements there, and you have lots of chemical weapons and lots of very sophisticated conventional weapons that will be up for grabs. and that chaos will cause huge problem for the middle east, for southern europe, and i argue, for the unit stat. member,hese are sophisticated weapons system would make libya look like an antique gun show when all of those weapons spread across north africa. dangerous, destabilizing stuff. >> rose: we continue with a an analysis from richard haas of council on foreign relations, and joshua landis of the university of oklahoma. >> desperate leaders might do desperate things if they felt there was no alternative. i don'i don't think we can prevent the use unless we thaten, i if they are used on any significant scale, what do we do then? >> rose: we conclude with a look at the press conference pie the chairman of the federal reserve, ben bernanke. my guests alan blinder an
FOX News
Mar 20, 2013 3:00pm PDT
weapons and caution the u.s. is investigating claims that the syrian president bashar assad used them, the president bristleed when israeli reporter suggested the u.s. has been sitting on their hands. >> it's incorrect for you to say we have done nothing. we helped mobilize the isolation of the assad regime internationally. we have supported and recognized the opposition. >> the president first said assad's days were numbers 19 months ago. last summer, he warned of potential u.s. force against syria. >> red line for us. we start saying bunch of chemical weapons moving around or utilized. that would change my calculus. >> back in washington today, the top republican charged the administration's policy has been adrift. >> the obama administration saw assad as a reformer in their words. it backed the u.n. diplomacy and bet on moscow to play a productive role. none of this worked. >> netanyahu's intelligence director said it's clear that the chemical weapons were used in syria. the chairman of the house intelligence committee said he believes that chemical weapons were used by the regime
CNN
Mar 20, 2013 12:00am PDT
where there are reports that president assad, although still unconfirmed and his people are saying, no, no, it was the rebels. it looks more likely to have been assad's forces used chemical weapons, killing 16 people, wounding scores more. how significant is this, do you think? >> reporter: well, first of all, it needs to be substantiated if the chemical weapons were, in fact, used. there is conflicting information. the regime is accusing the rebels of firing the weapons. the rebels say that's impossible, we do not have that kind of weaponry at our disposal. but military analysts do believe syria as one of the largest stock piles of chemical weapons inhe world and the chairman of the house intelligence committee, mike rogers, saying there is a high probability that the assad regime has used chemical weaponry but they are awaiting final verification. bearing in mind there have been allegations in the past that chemical weapons were used in syria and holmes for example late last year. those allegations were never substantiated. the white house has been saying something of a red line, a g
CSPAN
Mar 17, 2013 5:30pm EDT
opposition, in my view, has been very astute about that. howquestion comes up -- long will assad last? our standard answer is that his days are numbered. we don't know that number. he is very committed to hanging in there and sustaining his control of the regime. >> how would you assess there ran -- assess iran and the role they are playing in serious to -- in syria today? >> in terms of providing material aid as well as advice, to the extent of organizing militias and the sort of thing -- iran, along with their surrogate has below, have a huge stake -- their surrogate hezbolah, have a huge stake. it would be a street -- a strong strategic loss for the iranians if the regime falls. >> you have mentioned that assad's days are numbered. how do you think iran will react to a post-assad syria. >> that is why they are investing with materials and fighters, to maintain their interest and their physical presence there. whatever form some successor regime takes, or if there is fragmentation, they would at least have a foothold in syria. we really don't know what their strategy is. >> i will l
ABC
Mar 17, 2013 5:30pm PDT
president, bashar al assad. the first public appearance of asma al assad. her first public appearance in more than two years. she and her children have been hiding. alex marquardt on why she ventured outdoors in damascus. >> reporter: in the rare public appearance captured in these photos, asma al assad seems the quintessential first lady. elegant, adored, caring. it was a fund-raiser for the mothers of syrian soldiers, killed in the two-year civil war. 37-year-old mrs. assad had hardly been seen since last year. until then, she'd been a darling of the west. a fluent english speaker born in london, educated in prestigious english schools. her marriage to president bashar al assad had raised hopes for reform. >> many changes have happened. many positive changes have happened. but we haven't reached our final destination. >> reporter: days before the uprising started, "vogue" magazine published a glowing profile, calling her a rose in the desert. >> asma al assad worked very hard for a period of 11 years to promote an image of princess diana. she's now nothing more than the w
KCSMMHZ
Mar 15, 2013 2:30pm PDT
military support to the rebel forces fighting against the regime of bashar al assad. >> both britain and france say the time has come to get more involved. it is a position that could lead to a major rift in the eu. >> he is prepared to go it alone. the french president was unequivocal in his comments over farming syrian rebels, with or without his partners. >> there could be one or two countries who want to block this move because they are reluctant. and i cannot speak for any other country than france. france will accept its responsibilities. >> britain has also indicated it would consider forming the rebels, but there is resistance from others. -- consider farming the rebels. >> i am against it. i do not think you can solve a conflict by delivering weapons. that would only lead to others supplying more weapons to the other side. >> that position is shared by germany. >> i've made germany's position clear. we have a number of doubts about such weapons deliveries to the opposition. the question has to be asked as to if it will worsen the conflict. >> the council president said there
CNN
Mar 19, 2013 9:00pm PDT
that president assad, although still unconfirmed and his people are saying, no, no, it was the rebels, but it looks more likely to be assad's forces, have used chemical weapons killing 16 people, wounding scores more. how significant is this, do you think? >> reporter: well, first of all, it needs to be substantiated if those chemical weapons were in fact used. there has been, as you mentioned, conflicting information over at the regime that's accusing the rebels of firing these weapons, and the rebels are saying that's absolutely impossible. we do not even have that kind of weapon which at our disposal, but military analysts do believe that syria has won of the largest stockpiles of chemical weapons in the world, and the chairman of the house intelligence committee, mike rogers, saying that there is a high probability that the assad regime has, in fact, used chemical weaponry although they are waiting final verificatiove. bearing in mind, too, there's been allegations in the past that chemical weapons were used in syria in h ho ms, for example, late last year but those allegations we
FOX News
Mar 19, 2013 12:00pm PDT
accuse the government of using the weapon, saying this is all part of president assad's propaganda effort to mislead public opinion. the white house says it has no evidence on either side that anyone used any chemical agent. we'll have more on the administration's reaction in a moment. >> first, let's get to jonathan hunt. impossible to know if this is true. but we can look at this video and draw at least some preliminary, well, conclusions. >> we can't be certain about anything, but if you look at the video that is allegedly from this attack, and shows the victims, there's nothing here that would indicate, for instance, gas, the twitching of the victims, vomiting, drooling, mustard good, you would see blistering on the skin. we don't see any of those things in this video, and also we have not yet heard anywhere in the past fewer months or past couple years, any evidence that the rebels themselves have got their hands on chemical weapons as the syrian national cancer spokesman said earlier today. listen. >> the rebels don't have access to chemical weapons. they don't have access to
FOX Business
Mar 20, 2013 12:00am EDT
than what is going on in syria. assad's regime will stop at nothing. i have a family in aleppo. while they're safe there are millions of aleppo and all over syria are at risk. i think this may have been a trial balloon. we talk to some of our network physicians, we were skyping, a friend of mine was skyping at the hostile that received injured. it was clear that they had injuries with probably chemical related, pupils and broncho restriction that appear to be chemical. melissa: you think it probably was the case that it was probably chemical weapons? >> we do believe so. it just, too many patients did not have trauma but rather had respiratory, chemical type injuries to be explainable by simply a blast trauma. so you know, what do we do now? the bottom line is is that, assad may be testing the will of the international community. he may be trying to say, there is a lot of finger-pointing going on who really did this? the assad regime is saying the rebels did this. maybe assad is trying to get america with drones or others to attack the rebels and bizarrely take his side. or he may be
CNN
Mar 19, 2013 11:00pm PDT
directly get rid of the assad regime and i think the additional line is that we're going to go really hard back at moscow. because moscow's assistance has been pivotal in keeping assad in office. >> how do we go hard back at moscow? >> first of all, go at them diplomatically. their interests where the united states and russia have certain parallel interests and work those interests. the russians believe in linkage. everything with the russians is about linkage. what does putin get from continuing to support assad? one thing he might get a higher oil prices because there's a risk premium on oil. this is important for russia. >> absolutely. >> you know, the united states is going to be a big factor in russia's future because we increase the oil production and the predictions are predicting more than russia or saudi arabia in five or six years. that's a mortal threat to russia if it affects the price of oil. >> all right. and seth, what damage could be done with these chemical weapons? you know, if we're hearing and this rhetoric out of dianne feinstein, mike rogers is different.
MSNBC
Mar 20, 2013 11:00am PDT
those two leaders. as the assad regime and syrian rebels accuse each other of launching deadly chemical and launching a deadly chemical attack just hours before the president's arrival. the white house at this point says it cannot con official those claims. this trip to israel is the first for the president. this is a four-day middle east trip. he was greeted by netanyahu and israeli president perez. before leaving the a airport, president obama was shown the israeli air force system which the u.s. helped pay for. he met with president perez and took part in a ceremonial tree planting. >> there is a common vision uniting us. to confirm dangers. to bring closure as soon as possible. >> i reaffirm president perez, as i will throughout my visit, that in this work, the state of israel will have no greater friend than the united states. right now as president meets with prime minister netanyahu, major issues, like syria, iran's nuclear program, stalled peace talks. ish a us taking center stage and joining me live now from jerusalem, host of "andrea mitchell reports," andrea mitchell
PBS
Mar 19, 2013 4:00pm PDT
containing poisonous gases. the rebels denied the allegation. they are blaming the assad regime. russia supports the government's claim. the united states says there is no evidence. >> i am not going to discuss intelligence, but it is important that is fighting in syria and to devise any regime becomes more desperate that the united states and international community make absolutely clear to assad that the use of chemical weapons would be totally unacceptable. >> totally unacceptable -- jay carney there. steve, it is a complicated picture. what do we know about what happened and what did not happen? >> it is cloudy. it is hard to make an assessment from here. people who know about these things -- there seems to be a consensus that we should at least be cautious about these claims. -look at the video of the victims, they do not seem to have the injuries that would be consistent with the chemical weapons attack. talking about smelling the chemical agent, you would have needed vast quantities of chlorine, which was used by insurgency in iraq. these experts do not believe -- certainly the r
FOX News
Mar 19, 2013 6:00am PDT
assad regime used some type of chemical weapons on rebels in northern syria, around the aleppo region. of course the assad regime and assad state television said rebels used those weapons. what we're hearing from western intelligence officials, it was opposite, assad regime used some type of chemical weapons and killed somewhere between 15 and 26 people. conflicting reports. we heard 15. we also heard 26. there is a lot of differing information right now. but we have confirmed of course, there have been some type of chemical weapons being used in syria. now who used them on exactly which group is still very much unclear right now, bill. bill: conor, thank you. just one line crossing the associated press at the moment here. reuters was reporting on this a little bit earlier. we're sorting through this on our end. conor come back when you have more from jerusalem there. martha: our thanks to him. this is breaking news right now. we want to bring in ambassador john bolton to get his reaction to this. you heard what conor powell told us. what do you think, ambassador? >> i don't ta
LINKTV
Mar 19, 2013 5:30am PDT
estimated to be under assad forces.ti- >> tomorrow there will be a speech, and you will hear in introduction of the highlights .f the plan for the near future >> from the general who represents the majority of the armed groups fighting the assad regime, there is a promise of loyalty. >> we in the syrian army look to the government as a political umbrella for us, and we can ask the government to support us with everything what we need in our fight against the regime in damascus. >> but they cannot speak for the small armed islamist groups, and that is what worries foreign donors. >> there is a hope amongst delegates here that having most armed fighters under the umbrella of the new interim government will persuade the u.s. and european countries to supply weapons to nt-asset fighters. they have been reluctant so far, fearing that the arms will fall into the hands of religious extremists. some european countries are worried about starting an arms race, but then iran and russia are already supplying assad's forces. a member ofe now is the syrian national council. we are waiting for
FOX News
Mar 19, 2013 3:00pm PDT
, convulsion and death. >> kremlin steadfastly backed the assad regime with weapons and political support blamed the rebels. but opposition leaders swiftly denied responsibility for attack in any event would have exceeded the known military capabilities. >> the rebels don't have access to chemical weapons. they don't have access to watch the chemical weapons. >> indeed the regime of the dictatorial president bashar assad long been believed to possess one of the largest arsenals of biological and chemicals weapons. he has used scud missile against the rebels in the two-year civil war that claimed upwards of 70,000 lives. while the pentagon restricted itself to saying that the u.s. has no evidence that either side used chemical weapons, others in the obama administration went on offense. >> to say we have no reason to believe the allegations represent anything more than the regime's continued attempt to discredit the legitimate opposition and distract from its own atrocities committed against the syrian people. >> we would warn the regime making these charges, any kind of pretext or
CNN
Mar 20, 2013 2:00am PDT
assad regime and rebel forces are accusing one another of using chemical weapons. syrian state media reported that rebel forces launched a chemical attack killing at least two dozen people, injuring more than 100 people. rebels deny that charge vehemently and accuse regime forces of shelling a town near damascus with chemical rockets. our senior international reporter is in amman, jordan, this morning. i know there are a lot of questions to substantiating the claims. what do we know so far? >> reporter: most of the information is coming from syrian state tv. and that's claiming that at least 25 people were killed in some kind of an attack in a village. scores of people wounded. and then syrian state tv playing interviews with some of the alleged victims who were saying that they smelled chlorine and almost all aping the same message, is this the freedom that the free syrian army rebels want? so some of those statements do come out to be a little suspect. neither side has been entirely truthful when it comes to the information and media war over syria. now very quickly, the rebe
MSNBC
Mar 20, 2013 1:00pm PDT
syria that brought a signal warning from the president to president assad's discredited regime. >> we have been clear that the use of chemical weapons against the syrian people would be a serious and tragic mistake. the assad regime must understand that they will be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons or their transfer to terrorists. >> and the president said his administration is fully investigating those claims of chemical weapons used in syria. nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engle join us. the first question out of the gate was a robust one, asking the president about the slaughter of innocence in syria and the alleged use of chemical weapons there. the president said pointedly that use of chemical weapons would be a game changer and that assad and his regime would be held accountable. but this is an incredibly tough case for the president, isn't it? >> reporter: i don't think the president wants to get involved in syria. i think the bar is very high. i think the president worries that if he starts getting involved in syria and becomes known as protector
CNN
Mar 19, 2013 10:00pm PDT
al assad is using weapons in syria. >>> tonight you're going to hear from the roommate of a campus killer. he came face to face, eye to eye. he lived to tell about it. possibly prevent the murder of other students. plus, congresswoman michele bachmann, now she claimed that president obama's wasting your money on his lavish lifestyle. where exactly is she getting her information? where are her facts? we tracked her down today and asked her and wait until you see how she responded. we begin with breaking news, news that could, could just trigger military action by the united states in syria. the news tonight, the possibility that the regime in syria, which has already shown itself capable of doing almost anything to its own people, might be doing the one thing that triggers military action, might be, might be using chemical weapons. crossing a red line that president obama himself laid down. they have, they have used chemical weapons, that would leave the president with a major challenge as he heads tonight to israel as it shares a border with syria. he told wolf blitzer there's a hi
CNN
Mar 20, 2013 11:00am PDT
struggle going on between the assad regime and rebels, all this talk in the past 48 hours about possible chemical weapons being used. this is very close to where the president is going to be. and then if you go beyond this, and you move over here to iran, look, here is israel over here, here is syria, here is iraq. here is iran over here. iran is about the size of alaska. you may notice at this point, it is all out here, sort of receiptireceipt i reddish looking. they may be a year away from having a nuclear weapon. the reason this is red is this is the range of the shehadeh 3 missile from iran. it easily reaches over here to israel and that's important to bear in mind, because all this is happening in the small place. here is a simple way to describe it. if you went from tehran directly over to tel aviv, this is the distance from boston to chicago. you cross only four or five states in the united states to cover all that ground and all of these issues, wolf, are happening in this really relatively small area and as we pointed out, right in the middle, here is iraq, some of the turmoil t
CSPAN
Mar 19, 2013 6:00am EDT
they have been hopeful, that they think there is strategic distress over the king of the assad regime. they are more relaxed about that. a much more relaxed about egypt. instead of believing the u.s. or "-- will reorder the middle east, i find that this is a sober kind of summit, about what is doable, and what is not doable. there is a lot about the new israeli government, which i am happy to discuss in the question and answer. thank you very much. >> thank you. mike? >> thank you. it is good to be doing this. it is good to be on this panel with my colleagues. one of the great strengths about the washington institute, which makes it so nice to work here, to have colleagues like dennis and david, who are a great source of wisdom on this topic. i apologize to my dearest to have hd screens to have to watch me watch -- what to watch me eat lunch. we begin these things by saying, welcome mr. secretary, members of congress. nobody knows any different. [laughter] that is the benefit of live stream. i was asked to do this in part because the last presidential trip to the middle east, rather t
CNN
Mar 19, 2013 5:00pm PDT
the use of chemical weapons, as you say, is a red line. he's gone further and said that if assad crosses it there will be, quote, consequences. he has said you will be held accountable. today his chief of staff said on cnn that it would be a game changer if, in fact, chemical weapons were used. now the president has not specified what he means exactly when he says assad or his regime would be held accountable. there have been reports that the u.s. has developed a plan for direct action against syria, but there's no indication the president is pursuant. let's be realistic. it's hard to imagine that the u.s. would take any direction action to syria when the president is visiting the neighborhood here in israel in less than 24 hours, anderson. >> marine one has just landed at andrews air force base. there you see it happening. again, the president will surely be getting on air force one heading toward israel. jessica, the president as you said is in the region. it does add pressure to the president's trip, particularly in israel if, in fact, chemical weapons have been used in neighb
PBS
Mar 15, 2013 5:30pm PDT
would not stop fighting until president bashar al-assad is gone. good evening, i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the "newshour" tonight: two years into the syrian uprising, we look at the situation on the ground, and the diplomatic debate over aiding the rebels. >> woodruff: kwame holman reports from the annual gathering of american conservative activists, who are trying tchartheir political future. >> with last november's defeat of mitt romney, this key bloc of conservative enthusiasts has set its sights on a new goal: reshaping and re-energizing the republican party. >> brown: mark shields and david brooks analyze the week's news. >> woodruff: miles o'brien continues his investigation into drinking water contaminated with chromium six and the regulators responsible for cleaning it up. >> yeah, it causes cancer. that's the biggest health concern. >> we know that for sure. >> there's no doubt about it. it's considered a human carcinogen by all the major regulatory agencies in the world. >> brown: and we close with today's congressional testimony by the woman
CNN
Mar 20, 2013 1:00am PDT
weapons in iraq, ba bassar al assad could possibly using the chemical weapons that we know he has right now. >> you're going to hear from one very brave and lucky young man tonight. >> plus congresswoman michelle bamman, she claims that president obama is wasting her money on his lavish lifestyle. where is she getting her facts? we tracked her down and asked her to see how she responded. basically, she wouldn't stop walking or running, almost. keeping them honest. we begin now with breaking news. news that just triggered military action by the united states in syria. the news tonight that the possibility that the regime in syria might be doing the one thing that could trigger american military action. might be using chemical weapons. crossing a redline that president obama himself lay down. now, they have used chemical weapons, that would leave the president with a major challenge as he heads tonight to israel. now, the suggestion that chemical weapons might have been used came a few hours ago today from mike rogers, saying there is a high probability to believe that chemical weap
CSPAN
Mar 14, 2013 12:00pm EDT
been massacred by the assad regime. more than one million refugees have fled their country at a rate of 8,000 people each day, as of last month. and 2.5 million people have been displaced within their country. only the genocide in rwanda and the first iraq war have driven more people to refugee status over a similar period of time. these facts and figures are startling. behind each statistic are profound human tragedies that we cannot grow numb to as the conflict in syria presses on into a third year. i certainly cannot. last april, senator joe lieberman and i visited a syrian refugee damp in southern the turkey and earlier this year i traveled together with senators whitehouse, ayotte, blumenthal, and coons to visit tari refugee camp in jordan. i've seen my share of suffering and death, but the horror i saw in those camps and the stories i heard still haunt me today. men who had lost all their children, women and girls who had been gang raped, children who had been tortured, and none of this, mind you, was the random acts of cruelty that, sadly, occur in war. syrian army defectors t
KCSMMHZ
Mar 19, 2013 2:30pm PDT
istanbul. in his first speech, he ruled out dialogue with the shock assad's regime. government troops and rebel fighters are blaming each other for a chemical attack near the northern city of aleppo -- dialogue with bashar alabama assad's regime. >> they accuse rebel fighters of launching a missile containing poisonous gases. the information minister said this type of weapon was prohibited under international law. >> so far, we have 16 martyrs and 86 wounded. most of them are in critical condition. the chemical contained in the missile causes immediate fainting, convulsion, and that. >> in istanbul, syria's main opposition group said they were looking at the attack rejected allegations that rebels were involved. we also know the rebels do not have access to chemical weapons. they would not have access to the means of launching these kind of chemical weapons. >> we have no details yet. we are against using chemical weapons from any side. i am not expecting the revolutionaries to do that, but we are against anyone who would use it. member for now, the reports cannot be independently verifie
MSNBC
Mar 20, 2013 2:30am PDT
are looking into allegations while white house press secretary issued a warning to the assad regime. >> we have no evidence to substantiate the charge that the opposition has used chemical weapons. warn the regime against making these kind of charges as any kind of pretext or cover for its use of chemical weapons. >> neither side has provided any documentation that chemical agents have been used. but following intelligence briefings the chairs of both the house and senate intelligence committees say they believe president assad has crossed the so-called red line in the civil war. >> i think the days are becoming more desperate, the regime is more desperate. we know where the chemical weapons are. it's not a secret that they're there. and i think the probabilities are very high that we're going into some very dark times. and i think the white house needs to be prepared. >> i have a high probability to believe that chemical weapons were used. we need the final verification. given everything we know over the last year and a half, i would come to the conclusion that they are either posi
CNN
Mar 19, 2013 1:00pm PDT
been very clear to the assad regime but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. that would change my calculus. that would change my question. >> just a few minutes ago senators mccain and graham issued a statement saying if today's reports are substantiated the president's red line has been crossed and we'd urge him to take immediate action to impose the consequences he has promised. where we're in the process and what if they did use chemical weapons? >> well, jake, we take all of these reports very, very seriously. as you heard in the president's voice just now and you saw in his presentation to the white house press corps and to the world we are going to be very clear to the syrian regime as we have been throughout and to all the syrian supporters throughout the world and then obviously to our partners in the tlanlg regit if this is substantiated it does suggest as the president just said this is a game changer and we'll act accordingly. you ask what if. i'm not going to get
CNN
Mar 20, 2013 10:00pm PDT
external advisory committee and former cia officer bob baer. this video we just showed from the assad regime, shown on syrian state television. want to show it again. it's supposedly a victim suffering from a chemical weapons attack. no one shows any physical signs of injury, no convulsions, no vomiting. at least three experts on chemical weapons quote in reports today say that judging from what they see here, it doesn't seem like a chemical weapons attack. knowing what you know about these type of agents and their effect on humans, do you agree? >> you know, it's difficult to tell without examining the patients. and you need sophisticated equipment to do that. a lot of the symptoms you're seeing in these patients could be caused by insecticide, for instance. any organophosphate which sarin is, but the fact that so few people have died or if any have died tells me that this probably wasn't a sarin attack but we can't rule out some sort of diluted chemical had been used. >> fran, the regime is obviously saying it's the rebels using chemicals. if it was something like a diluted chemical
ABC
Mar 19, 2013 4:00am PDT
american citizen emerging as the alternative to president bashar al assad in syria. he is from texas and elected early this morning as the leader of the opposition and could be the first prime minister if the government of al assad is ever toppled. >>> to a close call for thousands of college students walking around campus with a heavily armed gunman in their midst but police swooped down on the university of central florida before their fellow student could carry out his plot. here's pierre thomas with the latest. >> reporter: hundreds at the university of central florida evacuated as word broke of a gunman on campus. >> the cops had guns and were telling everyone to run. >> we noticed something was wrong because we saw a policeman with a big rifle and everything. >> reporter: it turns out the students may have narrowly escaped a pass kerr. >> it could have been a very bad day. >> reporter: police believe that james was going to set them up for slaughter. his roommate warned police and police responded within minutes. >> and found the subject dead from a single gunshot wound to the
PBS
Mar 15, 2013 2:30pm PDT
they can equalize the situation on the ground and topple assad. >> thank you for joining us. >> nice to be here. >> an internal report by the british minister of defense says nato cannot with its campaign against the insurgents in afghanistan purely through military efforts. the report says there are extraordinary similarities between the nato operation and the failed soviet invasion of afghanistan. after weeks of political maneuvering, the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, has reached a deal with the former coalition government. they could sign an agreement on friday. for the first time in a decade, there will be no ultraorthodox parties included in the coalition government. the body of the late president of venezuela has arrived at the military museum where it will be laid to rest. tens of thousands of venezuelans have lined the streets of caracas to catch a glimpse of the hearse carrying mr. chavez's body to its final resting place. venezuela will hold an election to choose a successor to hugo chavez on april 15. a bbc team deming the members of the movement for
PBS
Mar 15, 2013 6:00pm PDT
syrian president bashar al-assad with no end in sight. a general for the free syrian army-- speaking from an undisclosed location-- vowed to press on. >> i know our battle is not so easy. we have to fight against planes, we will not stop until this criminal regime has gone. demonstration against the >> brown: it began with a demonstration against the government, during the arab spring of 2011. the spark came in the southern city of daraa, where security forces beat a group of teen-age boys. their crime: scrawling anti- assad slogans on their school wall. from there, the protests spread, the regime cracked down violently, and fighting erupted. it's since grown into a full- blown civil war, with the rebels seizing large chunks of territory. in all, more than 70,000 syrians have died. russia-- its warships seen today docking in beirut before moving on to syria-- continues to supply arms to the syrian military. other nations have called on assad to step down, but been reluctant to intercede. today in brussels the european union rejected a push to lift its embargo on arms to th
CNN
Mar 15, 2013 8:00pm PDT
, but the men coming into assad's home shot and killed his three daughters because he knew what was going to happen to them. you know, that's horrific thing to think of. and so, this is going on all over, all the time in syria. i'm pleased secretary kerry seems to be making moves in the right direction but some of the stuff is so -- i mean, we are gonna give them a couple hundred thousand mres, meals ready to eat. you no what we found out? the expiration of those meals, ready to eat, is june. i'm not making that up. i think we could tip the balance here and i think assad is losing and i think he will lose, but i also worry about the increased involvement about russia and iranians who really -- iranians do not want to see assad fall. general mattis, the central command commander said if syria went, it would be the greatest blow to iran in 25 years. stuff is so -- i mean, we are gonna give them a couple hundred thousand mres, meals ready to eat. you no what we found out? the expiration of those meals, ready to eat, is june. i'm not making that up. i think we could tip the balance here
CSPAN
Mar 19, 2013 8:00pm EDT
israel and turkey. as the civil war continues to rage on, president bashar al-assad and his associates are resorting increasingly with other indiscriminate capabilities that terrorize innocent syrians and increase further the flow of refugees out of syria. former secretary panetta discussed the possibility of more robust options for military support last year. and he agreed to bring this matter to his counterparts in brussels. the recent decisions by the french and the british that provided assistance directly to the syrian opposition suggests that the position and nato is by no means unified. admiral come i hope you will provide us with some concept of our current thinking compared to that of our european partnerships, as it relates to syria and possible additional roles for the alliance beyond the deployment. eucom responsibilities include managing military engagement and cooperation, including through the nato and russia council. this includes russia's cooperation with the coalition equipment out of afghanistan, along the northern distribution network through russia and o
FOX News
Mar 20, 2013 10:00am PDT
. i think that assad may have been testing the waters. if chemicals were used, you've got to watch if he's going to use them in the future as the situation grows increaselying desperate and feels he has nothing to do lose, but meanwhile for us and for the israelis, apart from the geopolitical mess and instability, the real and present danger is chemical weapons falling into the hands of islamist fanatics. we are apparently, i'm told, we're told, we're working on a plan to deal with that militarily if necessary, but if we have to, megyn, it's going to be ugly and tough and messy. >> megyn: and i wanted just to clarify so it was the israeli minister of intelligence and strategic affairs who says it's apparently clear that a chemical weapons were used in syria and that that alleged attack will be a main topic of conversation between those two leaders today. ralph stand by, i'd love to hear from you on the opposite side of this presser to get some context on what we're about to hear. if the israelis are saying that syria has crossed the red line and used chemical weapons on their own peop
FOX News
Mar 19, 2013 10:00am PDT
that. i can tell you that we're evaluating it. >> and assad has used scud missiles, fighter planes and other military assets to try to squash the two year uprising, upwards of 70,000 lives have been lost. and president obama, as megyn mentioned, says that either moving the chemical weapons around or using them would cross a quote, unquote, red line that would cause the president to change his calculus about the hands-off posture that the u.s. has adopted in the conflict. there were reports that the assad regime used against he the opposition forces, incapacitating thing called agent 15, which incapacitates your nervous system and causes hallucinations. >> megyn: thank you, the state department weighed in moments ago as we were going to air, saying that it remains, quote, quite concerned that assad's government will resort to nonconventional weapons. that doesn't tell us whether they have today, but they remain quite concerned that the government will. now, james just mentioned, it was just last august that president obama issued a warning, and as i mentioned, about chemical weapons in
FOX News
Mar 14, 2013 8:00am PDT
the assad government in a fight to the finish. why turbo? trust us. it's just better to be in front. the sonata turbo. from hyundai. jenna: well, right now a new report says that iran's regime is stepping up its help to president assad of syria. tehran apparently pouring more weapons into that country and the move is offering syria's isolated government a crucial lifeline since fighting started there two years ago. kt macfarland is a fox news national security analyst and joining us now from d.c. so, kt, why? this is one report but why would iran want to double down at this point in time? >> well here's the thing, jenna. two years ago this started as an anti-government, anti-assad militia army with a rebel army against the government of assad of syria. the iranians were supporting syria. the russians are supporting syria and various other groups were supporting the militias. what happened flab forward two years, now we have a multiparty, proxy war where every arab country, rich oil country in the middle east has its own militia's fighting the russians are still supporting assad gove
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